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Tim Thomas: “We’re stuck. I don’t have answers.”

Mar 16, 2012, 7:30 AM EDT

Tim Thomas, Dennis Seidenberg, Evgeni Malkin AP

At one point not too long ago, the Boston Bruins seemed like an unstoppable wrecking ball of a team. The defending champions represented the most compelling choice for back-to-back Cup wins in quite some time.

Now the Bruins must worry about losing their division and/or sliding to the third seed – and who knows what once the playoffs begin.

In good times and bad, much of the focus shines upon two-time Vezina Trophy-winning goalie Tim Thomas. (That seems especially fair since he allowed six Florida Panthers goals last night.) CSNNE.com’s Joe Haggerty caught up with the struggling goalie, who seems downright stumped right now.

“[I] don’t know if I’ve ever been part of a run like this,” Thomas said. “We’re stuck. I don’t have answers.”

Thomas certainly hasn’t provided many answers in March in particular. He’s 3-5-0 in that time, but it’s his individual numbers that are of a bigger concern. Thomas has a hideous .842 save percentage and a ghastly 4.06 GAA in nine unsettling appearances this month.

(Feel free to peruse his split stats and game log if you want to hatch White House slump-related conspiracy theories – start with Jan. 31’s game – but it’s especially clear that times have been rough since March rolled around. Personally, I think it’s a coincidence, but an amusing one in that.)

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Thomas isn’t responsible for the slump alone, but his numbers jump out the most. With Tuukka Rask seemingly far from a return from injury and Marty Turco looking rusty – to put it kindly – Thomas and the Bruins must look within for the answers to their plaguing questions.

Then again, maybe they should just look at their Stanley Cup rings – and all the times when their run almost fell short in 2011 – and realize that it was never supposed to be as easy as it looked from November to mid-January.

  1. gotampabay52 - Mar 16, 2012 at 7:59 AM

    Wow a goalie who admits weakness shouldnt do taxi cab commericals love when boston crumbles

    • dropthepuckeh - Mar 16, 2012 at 10:08 AM

      It is a credit card commercial but I guess that is difficult to tell when you only look at the pictures and can’t understand language.

      Thomas admitting weakness is much better than denying it and pretending it isn’t happening. This slide is unreal and frustrating but how many times has Thomas faced these odds prospered? I’ll answer for gotampa52 because I don’t have any video cued up: All of them. Don’t poke the bear.

  2. odj810 - Mar 16, 2012 at 8:28 AM

    thomas looks terrible. Our defensive coverage is pathetic. oh well

  3. hockeyflow33 - Mar 16, 2012 at 10:22 AM

    It’s hard to play goalie when your D is passing to back door forwards on the other team, tipping pucks in and lacking any sort of decent coverage

  4. davebabychreturns - Mar 16, 2012 at 10:37 AM

    If this were a movie Ron Paul would show up and inspire Thomas with a speech about their shared whackadoo ideas, driving Timmy to pull himself up by his bootstraps and carry his team to victory.

    • solador78 - Mar 16, 2012 at 10:55 AM

      All Boston needs to do to get back on track is play the Canucks.

      Vancouver is only the city in the world where fans are so uninformed that they judge the value of their favorite athletes by the amount of facial hair they have.

      Top 3 Most Popular Vancouver Sports Figures of All-Time (copied directly from Wikipedia):

      1) Dave Babych
      2) Lui Pasiglia
      3) Harold Snepts

      • rainyday56 - Mar 16, 2012 at 11:36 AM

        Ok Solly, since we are straying from the topic, let’s offer this:
        Sam Malone from Cheers was an accurate portrayal of the elite Bostonian male except on 2 counts: 1. He was a REFORMED drunk. 2. He was attractive to women. The fact the character was dumb as a post was spot on, but I think Danson played that angle too subtle. ;)

      • solador78 - Mar 16, 2012 at 11:44 AM

        I actually prefer Cheers to It’s Always Sunny.

        Philly… now that’s a dump.

      • davebabychreturns - Mar 16, 2012 at 1:51 PM

        LOL, solador you are something else. Never seen someone so hell-bent on sidetracking discussion or attacking commenters as yourself.

        PS. An ad hominem is when you attempt to argue against something by attacking something about the individual making the argument – such as a personal trait, an allegiance or their place of origin. Just so you are aware.

      • solador78 - Mar 16, 2012 at 1:57 PM

        Busted!

        I’ll give you a thumbs up for that!!

  5. gallyhatch - Mar 16, 2012 at 11:56 AM

    James O’Brien, have you paid attention to this season, or just this website?

    This slide by the Bruins started with the 1/7 game against the Canucks when Marchand got suspended, and the league sent a message to the Bruins about their style of play. (people can argue all day whether or not this ‘message’ was a long time coming……that’s another point for another column, I’m not here to argue that)

    The refs are not the reason the Bruins lost that day, (the Canucks played out of their heads & earned that victory) but that’s the point at which these Bruins lost their way.

    Don’t be afraid to do your homework as opposed to just trying to inspire / instigate comments with a hastily written article.

  6. drunkbro - Mar 16, 2012 at 12:12 PM

    quick.. post a facebook status TT

  7. tommytd - Mar 16, 2012 at 12:25 PM

    Might be time for Timmy to take that trip to the White House. Maybe B.O. can straighten him out! LOL

    • drewzducks - Mar 16, 2012 at 1:26 PM

      May not be a bad idea. As the B.O. way is to blame the previous administration I guess that would leave Tim to blame Andrew Raycraft?

      • bcisleman - Mar 16, 2012 at 2:05 PM

        The previous administration just about wrecked this country. The Obama administration was merely stating the obvious. It’s funny that when Tim was parroting Beck and disrespecting the President, he had plenty to say. Now his team is going down the toilet and he has no answers about the one thing he is supposed to be good at: hockey. Maybe you should retire and run for office, Tim.

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